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Shivraj Chauhan’s son testing political waters

Staff Reporter
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Says he has no plans to join politics until he finished law

Kartikey Chauhan, the elder son of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, had been touring his father’s constituency, Budhni in Sehore district, during the past week. Kartikey recently turned 18 and has enrolled himself in the electoral list. He studies law in Mumbai.

Speaking at a public meeting for voter awareness in Nasrullahganj on Wednesday with district leaders of the party and the administration in attendance, Chauhan junior screened a short presentation — replete with errors — to explain the value of a vote.

In the alternative history presented, single votes ended the monarchy in France in 1870 and brought the Nazi party to power.

In reality, however, the French Third Republic came into being when Parisian deputies established a government of national defence on September 4, 1870 after Napoleon was captured by Prussian in the Battle of Sedan. Also, the Nazis were elected the single largest party in the German federal polls of 1933 but had to align with German National Peoples Party. Together they held 330 seats in the 647-member Reichstag.

However, Kartikey scored full marks in contemporary history as he accurately described the defeat of the 13-month Vajpayee regime in 1999 by one vote in the Lok Sabha. “Please cast your vote. One vote can change your life. I won’t tell you whom to vote for. That must only be your own decision,” he told the gathering. Though organised by the district BJP, its flags and banners were absent except for a poster of the Chief Minister on stage. Kartikey told Hindi daily Patrika that he had no plans to join politics until he finished law. In a separate function in Guna on Wednesday, his father also reiterated this.

Kartikey added that he would not campaign for the BJP-- which he expected to do a hat trick in the State.


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